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Sheffield 

TIMES 




Community News for Sheffield & Ashley Falls, MA SECOND GENERATION Vol.VII, Issue 2 Nov./Dec. 2007 

BUILDING SLOWDOWN AFFECTS SHEFFIELD 



In much of the U.S., housing starts, home 
values and building activity are down, and 
home foreclosures, contractor bankrupt- 
cies and job losses in the construction 
industry are up. Bank and other construc- 
tion financing has virtually disappeared. 
Sheffield's building industry is one of the 
town's most important businesses. How 
is it weathering the storm? 

According to most of the two dozen 
industry participants interviewed for this 
article, things look brighter in Sheffield 
than in other parts of the country. Shef- 
field Building Inspector Tom Carmody 
reports that building permits for Shef- 
field projects are down, but only by 
about 10 percent over last year. (New 
Marlborough's building permits are actu- 
ally up by about 10 percent.) The permit 



applications he is seeing tend to be more 
for smaller, less-expensive projects such 
as modular homes, small additions and 
renovations, repairs and accessory struc- 
tures like garages, sheds, barns, pools and 
pool houses and tennis courts. 

Tom says that local builder Coun- 
try Classics told him that the company 
erected no modular homes in 2007 until 
September, when it accepted orders for 
17 homes in the southern Berkshires 
and northwest Connecticut. Customers 
include first-time homeowners and those 
building a second home. "People seem to 
be building what they can afford to do 
today rather than waiting for financing 
for more ambitious projects to become 
available," says Tom. 

Large on-going projects are expected 



KELLOGG NAMED TOWN ADMINISTRATOR 

After a five-month search, Joseph Kellogg, Stockbridge Plain School into town offices 



Sheffield's Interim Town Manager since 

early summer, has been named Sheffield's 

Town Administrator by the Board of 

Selectmen at their Oct. 

15 meeting. He won the 

position over 17 other 

candidates. 

Joe has more than 
25 years of municipal 
experience. He previ- 
ously served as town 
manager in Lenox and 
Great Barrington, as well 
as town administrator 
in Chester. Currently, 
he is completing service 
as project manager for 
the conversion of the Joe Kellogg 




and rental space. 

Joe has a bachelor's degree in geogra- 
phy fom Framingham State College and 
a master's degree in 
urban geography from 
Miami University 
in Ohio. He lives in 
Lenox with his wife, 
Barbara, where he 
serves on the Lenox 
Planning Board. 
They have one grown 
daughter and two 
grandsons. 

Joe replaces Bob 
Weitz, who left in 
June to take a position 
in Wilbraham. 



to keep a lot of local builders, subcontrac- 
tors and their employees busy for some 
time to come. They include the Berkshire 
School renovation and expansion project 
currently underway (part of a 10-year 
plan estimated to cost more than $100 
million), the Plains School conversion 
into town offices in Stockbridge, two 
large condo developments in Lenox and 
several projects in the Pittsfield area. 
In addition, several million and multi- 
million dollar homes are being built or 
planned on spec by developers in South 
County and northwest Connecticut. 

Middle-level builders with large 
overheads and capital costs and employ- 
ees to keep on the payroll may be feeling 
the slowdown the most. Several people 
involved in the building trades say they've 
heard about layoffs by troubled develop- 
ers and contractors. But at the same time 
other builders — particularly the smaller 
operations — are desperate for carpenters, 
masons and other skilled craftspeople. 

Bill DeVries of DeVries Building 
Supply on Berkshire School Rd. says 
that there has definitely been a general 
slowdown in construction activity in the 
area and some contractors and developers 
seem to be hurting. But his business has 
not suffered like that of some larger re- 
gional building supply companies, which 
he attributes to his large and loyal clien- 
tele of small to middle range contractors 
and subcontractors. His company makes 
a big effort to be sensitive to customers' 
needs and works with them to provide 
superior delivery, bidding support and 
other services. 

Jim Collingwood of Collingwood 

Continued on page 3 



In This Issue 








Community 




Old Parish pastor 


II 


Tree lighting 


3 


Profile: Jim Boltrom 


12 


Profile: Hilary Russell 


4 


Sheffield in Celebration photos 


14 


New postal clerk 


5 


Library 




School budget quandary 


6 


Library news, recommended reading 


16 


Berkshire School, SBRSD news 


8 


Village Green 




Shakespeare at Mt. Everett 


9 


New Senior Center update 


17 


Church news 


10 


Board of Selectmen meeting minutes 


18 



Town Clerk 1 9 

Planning Board 20 

Police Dept., Broadband Committee 21 
Organizations & Businesses 

Profile:Webster Ingersoll 22 

Land Trust, Cobble news 23 

Kiwanis, Historical Society.Audubon 25 

Real Estate transfers, Fire log 26 





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ASHLEY FALLS HOUSE EXPLODES 

On Oct. 13 Ren and Natale Marasco's house on Valley View 
Rd. in Ashley Falls exploded. Sixteen Sheffield volunteer 
fire fighters responded and quickly put out the resulting 
fire, with help from the fire departments from Great 
Barrington, Canaan, Norfolk and Lakeville. During the action, 
the Egremont Fire Dept. stood by to cover any additional 
calls at the Sheffield station. The Marascos, who were not 
home at the time, lost everything — furniture, clothes and 
the basement machine shop that housed Natales business. 
The fire is under investigation by Massachusetts state fire 
marshals, said Rick Boardman, Sheffield's fire chief. 



FOLK MUSIC AT DEWEY HALL 

ITie Sheffield Friendly Union is presenting a series of concerts, 
"In Person, Acoustic, and In the Round" this season at Dewey 
Hall on Route 7 in Sheffield. The Dewey Hall Folk Series is 
designed to bring local and regional music to the area and to put 
to continued good use 
the warm, cozy room 
that is Dewey Hall. 
Admission is reason- 
able, access is easy 
and the atmosphere is 
family-friendly. 

The first concert, 
on Nov. 3, will feature 
Kelly Hagan, Chuck 
Williams, Todd Mack 
and Chris Merenda. 

On Dec. 1, the series will feature Robby Baier, Tom Inger- 
soll, Tony Lee Thomas and a special guest. 

Show times are 7:30pm.The suggested donation for all 
shows is $5. Refreshments will be served. For more informa- 
tion, call 413-822-1602. 



Here's where to find out more 
about artists in the series: 

Chuck Williams: www.myspace.com/ 

chuckwilliamsmusic 
Todd Mack: www.toddmack.net 
Tony Lee Thomas: www. 

tonyleethomas.com/home.html 
Tom Ingersoll: www.tomingersoll.com 
Robby Baier: www.robbybaier.com 



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Sheffield 
TIMES 



Community Newsletter for 
Sheffield ck Ashley Falls, MA 

Editors: Kathy Orlando &. Andrea Scott 
Library Editor: Peter Rowntree 
Advertising Sales: Tara White 

Distribution: Inez Flinn. Staff: Sandy 
&. Dale Alden, Kathie Dean, Rae East- 
man, Fred Gordon, Gillian Hettinger, 

Ellen Rowntree, Judy Schumer, Ellen 
Weiss, Barbara West, John Wightman 



Published by 

The Sheffield Association 

P.O. Box 1339 

Sheffield, MA 01257 

Working since 2001 to foster communication 

among the people, businesses, and organizations 

of Sheffield and Ashley Falls 



Photo credits: Kathy Orlando, pages 1, 14,15, 24, 
28. Pam Bloodworth, 2. Judy Schumer, 4, 11. Ellen 
Rowntree, page 5,11. Berkshire School, 8. John G. 
Wightman, 11. Pauline Clarke, page 13. Police 
Dept., 21. Liz Chaffee, 22. 



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LIGHTING THE TOWN CHRISTMAS TREE, A SHEFFIELD TRADITION 



The 80 th lighting of the Town Christ- 
mas tree will be held on Sun., Dec. 9, at 
6:30pm on the Town Green followed by 
carol singing and an ecumenical service 
in Old Parish Church. All members of 
the community are invited. The service 
will be led by area clergy, an ecumenical 
choir will sing, and the Mt. Everett High 
School Band will play. 

According to a story in the December 
1992 Sheffield Times, Frank Percy initi- 
ated the first celebration, and it has been 
held every year but one since 1927, the 
cancellation occurring during the Second 
World War when lights were not used 
for fear of German bombing attacks. The 
first tree was cut and brought from Edwin 
Boardman's Pine Grove Farm on Hewins 
St. Since strands of colored lights could 
not be purchased for decoration, Sheffield 
men crafted strings from standard-sized 
light bulbs and made a collar at the top of 
the tree from which the lights were hung 
in strands for all to enjoy. Jim Colling- 
wood, currently atown Selectman, recalls 
using an outlet located in the concrete tub 
at the north end of the Green for electric- 
ity. Carl Schumann, a long-time resident 
of Sheffield, remembers climbing a ladder 
to attach the tree's lights to an outlet from 
a telephone pole. The ornaments at that 
time, he says, were wooden. 

After the first tree was cut and 



brought to the Green, the Town dis- 
covered it was difficult to protect cut 
trees from ice and wind. Wayne Joseph, 
another long-time resident, recalls more 
than once being called out in the middle 



ASHLEY FALLS TREE 

The tree on the green in Ashley Falls, 
taller than the one at Rockefeller 
center, will be lit on Saturday, Dec. 
8 at 4pm. Everyone is welcome to 
this festive event, which is geared to 
children. There will be haywagon rides 
and hot cocoa and cider. 

A drawing is held to see which child 
flips the switch to light the tree. Each $5 
donation buys a chance; donations cover 
the cost of repairing the lights each 
year. For more information, call Richard 
Cherneff at 229-5958. 



of the night to retrieve an errant tree 
from the center of Route 7. Planted trees, 
on the other hand, usually died, the vic- 
tims, it was thought, of the salt used on 
the highway. The current tree, located to 
the north of Old Parish Church and well 
back from the road, was planted in 2001. 
The service commemorating the Tree's 
lighting goes back to at least 1969, when 
Julie Markham Hannum, another Select- 
man, remembers playing in the band as a 



7 th grader. Stories abound of lips freezing 
to brass instruments when the tempera- 
ture dipped to 2 degrees. 

For at least 30 years, the tree lighting 
party has moved into Old Parish Meet- 
ing House — constructed in 1760, it is 
the oldest church building in Berkshire 
County — for more singing and liturgy. At 
first a small brass contingent accompanied 
the singing, playing from the vestibule. In 
1992 Art Kaufman, pastor of Old Parish 
Church at that time, invited Eric Black- 
burn and the full Mt. Everett Band to play 
and the whole band moved inside. 

Through the years, not just the 
Congregational minister, but all town 
clergy have been invited to participate. 
At the service Dec. 9, clergy from all area 
churches will be invited. Last year a large 
community choir representing all faith 
traditions, including Jewish, sang. For 
many years the Sheffield Garden club was 
a host and provided refreshments. After 
the most recent service, cookies were pro- 
vided by members of the several churches 
and served by Cub Scouts. The offering 
was given to The Good Samaritan Fund, 
which provides emergency assistance 
to local people in need. Outside, the 
tree, transplanted from Tony Gulotta's 
property and placed by the Town, was 
decorated by Barrett Tree Service. 

— John G. Wightman 



Building SlOWdOWn, continued from page 7 

Transport Inc., a Sheffield trucking company on Route 7, agrees that 
there has been a slowdown, but says his business has also held up well, 
thanks to work he is doing on the Berkshire School project and other 
long-term jobs. 

Availability of financing will be key to whether things improve or 
grow worse in the Berkshire's construction business. In previous slow- 
downs, things have worked out for locals who don't get overextended. 

According to local contractor David Blacklow,"When money is 
cheap and easy, building flourishes. When a credit crunch occurs, 
borrowers and lenders get skittish and reluctant to undertake big and 
expensive projects." 

The real test may come next year, when projects now in the pipeline have 
been completed and contractors are scrambling to win scarce new business. 
While there is currently a flurry of bidding activity, price competition has got- 
ten much fiercer, and some contractors are being forced to underprice their 
bids. Even some high-end contractors worry about what they will be doing 
when their current book of business has been completed. 

But there is reason for optimism. Several local building suppliers and 
contractors said that the local building industry has proved to be rela- 
tively resilient and recession-proof over the years, including the Great 
Depression in the 1930s, mainly because so much of the demand comes 
from wealthy homeowners, who demand excellent work and are willing 
to wait until they can get it. • — Peter Rowntree 



FIREMAN INJURED IN RESCUE 

On Sept. 23, the Sheffield Fire Dept. was called 
for a mountain rescue. A 13-year-old boy had been 
badly burned in a cooking accident some distance 
up Sage's Ravine. Fifteen Sheffield volunteers 
rushed to the site. 

To get the injured boy down the mountain, he 
was strapped to a stretcher and two firemen equipped 
with chainsaws widened the path to get the stretcher 
through. A boulder loosened by a log started to roll 
down the steep slope toward the men bearing the 
stretcher. Without a second thought, Joe Gulotta threw 
himself into the boulder's path and stopped it with his 
body. Joe suffered injuries to his right ankle. 

The rescue crew got Joe and the burned boy off 
the mountain with ATVs and the rescue wagon. The 
injured hiker went to Sharon Hospital via Salisbury 
ambulance. Joe was taken to Fairview Hospital by a 
Southern Berkshire ambulance. Joe has now recovered 
fully after missing a week of work. 

The rescue was the second call for a mountain res- 
cue answered by Sheffield in the month of September. 
The Lakeville Fire Dept. assisted with both these calls. 

— Peter Rowntree 




Community News 



HILARY RUSSELL: CRAFTING BOATS AND POEMS 



On Berkshire School Rd., just across 
from the turn onto Salisbury Rd., 
you can often see a wood-ribbed 
canoe King on its side on the lawn 
in front of a modest yellow house, a 
small "tor sale" sign propped against 
its rim. The canoe looks unusual, not 
like the aluminum or fiberglass boats 
common on our rivers and lakes. It 
was made by hand in the workshop 
behind the house by Hilary Russell, 
Sheffield's own boatbuildcr, teacher, 
writer and poet. 

Hilary began building canoes 
only 10 years ago when, as an 
English teacher at Berkshire School, 
he began offering an after-school 
activity in boatbuilding. And that 
decision, in 1997, changed the direc- 
tion of his life. 

Hilary's father was a ship 
builder and repairer in Greenpoint, 
Brooklyn. Although Hilary never 
worked in the shipyard or in the 
family's tugboat business, he thinks 
that perhaps on some level, that 
early exposure may have inspired 




Hilary Russell and one of his creations 



poet Molly Peacock who was one of 
the creators of the "Poetry in Mo- 
tion" program. Later, he started his 
own imprint, the Outland Press, to 
publish works of local color by au- 
thors whose voices might otherwise 
not be heard. 

In 1985, Berkshire School was 
looking for a new English depart- 
ment chair and Hilary and his family 
found themselves back in Sheffield. 
He continued writing and in 1993 
published a book of poetry, Giving 
Up the House. And then came the 
idea that became his passion. 

"While I was taking a sabbatical 
from Berkshire School in 1997," he 
said, "I was thinking about what I 
might do with the kids as an after- 
school program, since they all have 
to participate in either a sport or an 
activity. I built two plywood canoes, 
really liked making them and asked 
the school if I could teach a boat- 
building class. That's basically how it 
all began." 

After teaching the first class and 



him later on. But first came his career as teacher and poet. building 12 canoes, he took a course in Brooklin, ME, in wood- 
After attending Villanova University in Pennsylvania, en boatbuilding. Then, he came across a "skin-on" frame boat. 
Hilary taught English at St. Paul's School in Garden City, Long This type of boat uses a wooden frame over which a waterproof 
Island, and then at Berkshire School in Sheffield. He went back skin is stretched and attached. Such boats are much lighter in 
to school for his Master's degree in liberal studies and literature weight than commercially made canoes, 
at Wesleyan University, where he met his wife, Jane "Jenny" "Aboriginal people," he said, "made these kinds of frame 
Hamlin. They moved to Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley and boats with animal skins stretched over them. Today, I use nylon 



he taught English and eventually became department chair at 
the Tower Hill School in nearby Wilmington. 

Hilary began to write poetry about the beautiful rural 
region where he lived. He studied poetry with famed American 



and polyester as the skin." 

In 1998, with a grant from Berkshire School, Hilary trav- 
eled to Ireland to study Irish currachs, boats unique to the 
west coasts of Ireland and Scotland that are similar to cora- 



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cles, the small, lightweight skin-on boats of Wales. Coracles 
are basically floating baskets — they are made of a woven 
curved wooden frame on top of which a covering, perhaps of 
canvas, is stretched. 

"I was fascinated by these seemingly simple boats that func- 
tioned so well in the water. In 2000, 1 went to see more coracles 
in England and Wales and spent time in the coracle museum in 
Carmarthenshire, Wales, where they display frame boats from 
all over the world." 

In 2005, Hilary retired from Berkshire School to become 
a full-time boatbuilder. First, he worked for four months as 
a beginning boatbuilder at a boatyard in Athens, NY, which 
builds electric launches for use as pleasure boats. But he 
realized that he was more interested in making the boats 
he had seen in Ireland and Wales. A year later, he met with 
Wendy Jensen, a nationally known basket weaver who lives 
in Great Barrington, to learn about different weaving meth- 
ods. Last winter, with the students at the Indian Mountain 
School in Lakeville, CT, Hilary built a woven boat known as 
a"Sheephaven Curroch." Wendy Jensen came to the school to 
teach the necessary weaving techniques and then Hilary and 
the children built the boat. 

"The kids really enjoyed doing this and I loved teaching 
them — and the result was terrific. The curroch now hangs 
above the entry of the lower school in Lakeville." 

Hilary's current life still centers around teaching. He teaches 
composition and creative writing at Berkshire Community Col- 
lege and is in charge of its literary magazine. But the focus of 
his teaching, his true vocation, is boatbuilding. 

The workshop at the rear of his Berkshire School Rd. 
property is the home of his boatbuilding school. More than 
60 people have taken his one-week course. When the class is 
done, students take home their boats. More recently, he has 
offered weekend classes in places that attract people who are 
interested in building things. He has held these classes in the 
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Yestermorrow Design/ 
Build School in Warren, VT, and Great Camp Sagamore in 
Racquette Lake, NY. 

"The people who come there have an interest in boats and 
may have had other woodworking experience. We build the ca- 
noe together and, at the end of the weekend, the boat is raffled 
off to one of the students." 

Here in Sheffield, the workshop is still open to anyone 
who wants the unique experience of building his or her own 
canoe. Hilary prepares a wooden "kit" the student will spend a 
week putting together. The cost is about $1,000 for an 11 -foot 
double-paddle canoe that weighs only 20 pounds. It is so light 
that it can be easily carried or put on a car by one person. A 
tandem, 14-foot canoe is about $1,300. 

Hilary continues to hone his craft, literary and aquatic. He's 
writing a book about the three generations of the Russell family 
who worked in the harbor of New York from 1848 to 1962. 
And he is now designing his own rowing boat. Perhaps before 
long we will see a new type of boat for sale in front of his house 
on Berkshire School Rd. — Judith Schumer 



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NEW FACE AT THE POST OFFICE 

In early August, Edgar Zukauskas began working at the Shef- 
field Post Office as a new sales and services associate. He joined 
Betsy Ross and Kelly Hall, also sales and services associates, 
and Ellen Dripps, Sheffield's Postmaster. 

As the owner of Ice House Studio, a photography studio 
on Main St. in Great Barrington, Edgar is already well known 
to many in the Sheffield community as a wedding and portrait 
photographer. He lives in New Marlborough with his partner, 
one dog, two cats and a horse. He is very involved in town 
government there. 

Born in Hartford, CT, and raised there and in Germany 
and Chicago, Edgar first came to the Berkshires to attend 
Marlborough Academy. After graduating from Cornwall 
Academy in Great Barrington in 1972, he studied photog- 
raphy and graphic arts at Berkshire Community College. 
He then traveled and worked in Europe, returning to the 
Berkshires in 1978 to work for the Berkshire Courier for 
13 years in various positions, including as a photographer. 
When the paper went out of business, he opened a pho- 
tography studio in Mill River, which he moved to Great 
Barrington seven years ago. 

He started working with the post office four years ago when 
he began delivering mail in Southfield, helping a friend who 
was a contract carrier for the post office. He expanded this to 
help with contract dispatch driving in Egremont, Southfield 
and Mill River. In 2006 he was hired by the post office in South 
Egremont as a "casual clerk," a non-career position in which he 
filled in during holiday times and when regular postal clerks 
were on vacation. 

Because he enjoyed the work, Edgar decided to take the 
postal exam last July. He passed and was assigned to the Shef- 
field post office in August. He works there six days a week, 
sorting mail, working the front desk, and sharing other respon- 
sibilities with Betsy, Kelly and Ellen. 

According to Ellen, with the hiring of Edgar the Sheffield 
post office is almost at full staff. She says, "We have another 
clerk arriving soon and then we will have replaced the two 
clerks who transferred earlier this year." Edgar says, "I feel lucky 
that there happened to be an opening in Sheffield when I was 
applying for a job. I particularly like working the window be- 
cause I enjoy my Sheffield customers." 

— Ellen Rowntree 



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SCHOOL BUDGET QUANDARY CONTINUES 



On Oct. 10, New Marlborough's town 
mooring overwhelmingly re j ected the 
town's proposed assessment lor this year's 
Southern Berkshire Regional School 
District budget. The vote, at a standing- 
room-only meeting, comes after a similar 
rejection at Monterey's town meeting in 
September. Rejection by two of the five 
towns in the school district means that 
the school budget has not been approved. 
( Approval required four towns voting yes.) 
SBRSD is now a step closer to a possible 
takeover by the state Dept. of Education. 

At the same meeting, New Marlbor- 
ough's voters unanimously approved the 
earmarking of $100,000 to cover legal 
fees that might be incurred in a lawsuit by 
New Marlborough against Sheffield and 
perhaps the Dept. of Education. The suit 
would be to force Sheffield to pay what 
New Marlborough views as Sheffield's 
"fair share" of the budget assessment. 

That would be Sheffield's share de- 



termined on the basis of the "per pupil," 
or "alternative," method ol budget alloca- 
tion, as found in the regional agreement 
among the five towns signed in 2002. At 
its town meeting in May, Sheffield voted 
for the "statutory method," which takes 
into account a town's relative wealth. The 
statutory method decreases Sheffield's 
and Alford's share and increases that of 
the other three towns. Using the statu- 
tory method would save Sheffield about 
$321,000 in this year's proposed budget. 

At the School Committee meeting 
held Oct. 11, the School Committee, 
acting on a motion made by Sheffield 
committee member Dek Tiller, voted to 
reconsider the budget to see if expendi- 
tures could be reduced enough for all the 
towns to accept it. 

Marcia Savage, a former member of the 
School Committee (and a former presi- 
dent of Manhattanville College), noted, 
"As a practical matter, the only way to cut 



the budget significantly would be to cut 
staff. The problem with staff dismissals 
is that they would be very disruptive and 
extremely harmful to the schools." 

At its meeting Oct. 18, the School 
Committee determined there was no 
practical way to reduce expenditures 
by the $750,000 that would return the 
assessments of Egremont, Monterey 
and New Marlborough to their previous 
levels. It voted unanimously not to cut 
the budget, to the cheers of the audience 
of some 150. A motion to return to the 
alternative method of assessment failed 
6-4, with Sheffield's members voting 
against (a two-thirds vote is required for 
passage). A motion by the Sheffield mem- 
bers to use the statutory method failed 
4-6, with the other towns voting against. 

State intervention? 

At the Oct. 11 meeting, Jeffry Wulf- 
son, associate commissioner of the Dept. 





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School Committee members, school staff 
and residents of the five towns. Many said 
that the agency had mishandled this mat- 
ter. Some suggested that it should have 
clarified its regulations several years ago. 
Others said it should not have permitted 
Sheffield to go to the statutory method. 

If the towns cannot reach agreement 
by Dec. 1, the state may take over the 
district. Given that the state has never 
done this for financial reasons, what it will 
mean is far from clear. Wulfson said at 
that meeting that it does not mean that the 
state will provide funding to the district. 
The district administration and the School 
Committee would remain in place and 
function as before on a day-to-day basis, 
he said, but the Dept, of Education would 
have a veto right over financial matters, 
including the preparation of the budget 
for FY 2009. Indeed, under Massachusetts 
law, the Commissioner of Education may 
have the right to impose a budget on the 
towns and force each to pay their shares as 
determined by the statutory method, with- 
out voter approval.. 

Wulfson also said that the state's 
previously proposed "pothole" grants — 
totaling about $177,000 to 



New Marlborough, Egre- 
mont and Monterey and 
intended to cover about 50 
percent of the increased as- 
sessments they would have 
to pay under the statutory 
method — "remain on the 
table." So far, no payments 
have been made under the 
grants, and it is unlikely 
they will be made until a 
resolution is reached. 

Meanwhile, as required by the Dept. 
of Education, the five towns continue to 
fund the school on a month-by-month 
basis. The amount of the budget is the 
same as was originally proposed by the 
School Committee for FY 2008, and each 
town's share of the settlement is deter- 
mined by the statutory method. 

State representative "Smitty" Pignatelli 
(D-Lenox) has proposed a mediation pro- 
cedure to see if the five towns can agree on 
a mutually acceptable solution. All towns 
having accepted this suggestion, the first 
meeting has been scheduled for Oct. 25 in 
Great Barrington. As is customary under 
these circumstances, the sessions will not 
be open to the public. 

— Peter Rowntree 



UPDATE ON TOWN HALL PARKING LOT 

In October, Sheffield's highway department worked 
with Wilkinson Excavating to scrape, fill and roll the 
parking area and then apply a "binder coat." That will be 
all for this season. Work will begin again in April with an 
eye to finishing by June 2008. 

Many people have made contributions toward 
landscaping the lot, and orders for commemorative 
stones are still coming in.To contribute, call Catherine 
Miller at 229-8668 or Rene Wood at 229-3534. 



SATURDAY MARKET 

It's that time of year again — the outdoor 
markets have closed and vendors will be 
gathering inside Dewey Memorial Hall, 
where friends will meet to do their shopping 
and have a cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa, 
and eat a scrumptious lunch or a sweet. 
The Saturday market will open on 
Nov. 3, from 9:30am to 1pm, and contin- 
ue on Nov. 10 and 17 and Dec. 1, 8 and 
15. Many of your favorite vendors will 
be there, selling bread and pizza, cakes, 
sweets, spreads, cookies, soaps and other 
handmade wares from the Berkshires 
and far away places. Additional vendors 
are welcome! If you wish to participate, 
contact Priscilla Cote at 229-7907. 





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BERKSHIRE SCHOOL CELEBRATES FOUNDING 

One hundred years .igo this hill, Seaver Buck rented the Glcnanna Farm on 
Undermountain Rd. and opened a boys' school with seven students and four faculty 
members. On Oct. 1 1, nearly 800 of the school's alumni, parents and friends across 
America and in London raised a glass to Berkshire School and Mr. Buck in a series of 
coast -to -coast toasts." In Sheffield, 250 people gathered in Benson Commons. 

Other centennial events will include an environmental symposium in April; the 
Spring 2008 Parents Weekend, featuring a speech by U.S. Ambassador to China 
and Berkshire parent Clark Randt Jr.; and Alumni Weekend 2008 in May at 
which the historian and Pulitzer Prize winner David McCuIlough will speak. 

Scenes from the 1 00th anniversary party. 

lop: Berkshire Head of School Michael J. Maher at right, 
with his wife, Jean, and longtime teacher and coach Twiggs 
Myers of Sheffield, who is today the school's archivist. 

Middle row: Berkshire teacher and parent of alumni 
Bill Gtdotta of Sheffield, with his wife, Debbie, right, and 
Elyse Harney Morris '83 of Lakeville, CT Tim Brooks, a 
1971 Berkshire graduate and today maintenance supervi- 
sor at the school, with his 
former French teacher, Mari- 
anne Hubert. 

Bottom row: Former 
Berkshire faculty members 
Ross Hawkins of Sheffield and 
Al and Lin Bredenfoerder of 
Ashley Falls. Sheffield native 
Sarah Cushwa Divine '99 with 
her husband, David, and 
John Beebe 06 of Great 
Barrington. 



SOUTHERN BERKSHIRE REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS 



Mielke receives award. Dinah Mielke, a 
2007 graduate of Mt. Everett high school, 
has been named AP Scholar by the Col- 
lege Board in recognition of her excep- 
tional achievement on the college-level 
Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Mielke 
is currently a freshman at Endicott Col- 
lege in Beverly, MA, majoring in commu- 
nications. She is the daughter of Rick and 
Deborah Mielke of Monterey. 

Students commended. Alexander 
Crawford and Samantha Riiska were 
named Commended Students in the 2008 
National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Students test water quality. Students 
from the 8 rh grade got first-hand experi- 
ence in testing water quality on Sept. 
12 and 13. As part of the Housatonic 
River Project curriculum, 86 students 



spent two days studying the physical and 
chemical aspects of water quality that 
make it suitable for life in the Umpachene 
and Konkapot Rivers, both tributaries 
to the Housatonic River. The students 
tested water samples for dissolved oxygen, 
temperature and pH. This is the fourth 
year that 8 th grade students have done 
this as part of the eighth grade science 
curriculum at Mt. Everett. 

Students attend conference at U.N. 
On Sept. 21, six Mt. Everett students 
attended the International Day of Peace 
at the United Nations in New York City. 
Senior Samantha Riiska and juniors 
Chelsea Foss, Mel Barth, Faren Worthing- 
ton, Emily Reardon and Lindie Martin 
attended the event with chaperones from 
the Railroad Street Youth Project and 



students from other area schools. 

Pre-K accreditation. The Southern 
Berkshire Regional School Districts 
pre-kindergarten program was recently 
honored by the National Association for 
the Education of Young Children with a 
five-year accreditation. This is the second 
time the Southern Berkshire program 
was so distinguished. Fewer than 100 
programs in the U.S. have received the 
accreditation, which assesses curriculum, 
teaching, physical environment and man- 
agement, among other qualities. 

Southern Berkshire Regional School 
District has a total of 30 children in 
two pre-K programs operating out of 
the Undermountain Elementary School 
in Sheffield and the New Marlborough 
Central School in Mill River. 



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SHAKESPEARE AT MT. EVERETT HIGH SCHOOL 



"A Midsummer Nights 
Dream," Shakespeare's 
classic comedy, will 
explode from the stage at 
the Consolati Performing 
Arts Center at Mt. Ever- 
ett High School in early 
November. Produced as 
part of Shakespeare 8C 
Company's Fall Festival of 
Shakespeare, Mt. Everett 
students in grades 7-12 
will present the show on 
Nov. 9 and 10 at 7pm. 
The public is welcome, 
with tickets available 



TESTIMONIALS FOR THE FESTIVAL 

At the festival, the "pit" in front of the stage will overflow with 
teenagers ecstatic about Shakespeare. The enthusiasm is contagious. 
Here is what some of the Mt. Everett participants have to say: 
"The Fall Festival is the Olympics of all theater." (Jordon Lome) 
"Nothing has made me feel happier than Fall Festival." (Emily Crawford) 
"The most amazing experience of my life. I wait all year for it to 
come." (Mel Barth) 

"In Festival I found my voice and learned about the person I want to 
be." (Samantha Riiska) 

"The^ fall festival allowed me the chance to interact with people I 
would never have had the chance to see." (David Turnbough) 

"Nothing has added as much to my children's growth in self-con- 
fidence and ability to communicate with others than this marvelous 
program." (Neal Chamberlain) 



through the school. 

Once again, students will astound the audience with their 
command of 17 th -century English language and the ageless 
themes of the human condition. In addition, the performance 
benefits from Shakespeare 8C Company's expertise in lighting, 
costuming, set design, music and directing. This year direc- 
tor Michael Toomey returns, assisted by Kaitlin Henderson. 
"Working with the students I learn more about my own craft," 
says Toomey. 

This is Shakespeare and Company's 19 th year produc- 
ing the Fall Festival, in which 10 schools participate. Kevin 



Coleman, education 
director at Shakespeare 
& Company, came 
up with the festival 
as a way to encour- 
age schools to come 
together in a non- 
competitive way. The 
program involves nearly 
500 students from 
high schools in west- 
ern Massachusetts and 
neighboring New York 
State. Shakespeare 8c 
Company directors 
lead students through a 



nine-week exploration 
of a Shakespeare play that leads to a full-scale production. 
Students rehearse in common classes and come together in 
performance. 

At the end of the residency, students perform their play at 
their schools, and then perform for one another and the public 
in a four-day festival on Shakespeare 8C Company's Main stage 
in Lenox. This year, the festival is Nov. 15 through 18 on the 
mainstage at Founders' Theatre, where Shakespeare & Com- 
pany is based. Mt. Everett's students will perform at 6:30pm on 
Nov. 15. — Ethan and Neal Chamberlain 




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CHURCH NEWS 

Christ Church 

Holiday bake sale. Christ Church 
Episcopal cv Trinity Lutheran Church 
will hold irs 6 th Annual Holiday Bake 
Sale ar the church on Route 7 in Sheffield 
on Sat., Dec. S. The sale will run from 
10am to 2pm and will feature delectable 
goodies to deck your holiday table or give 
to friends. Proceeds from the event are 
used to sponsor outreach programs. For 
more information, call Catherine Miller 
at 229-8668. 

Old Parish Church 
Phone number omitted. Verizon's latest 
telephone directory inadvertently left 
out all listings for Old Parish Church. 
Please note that the church is more alive 
and well than ever and can be reached at 
229-8173. Add this number to the Yel- 
low Pages listing of churches for future 
reference. 

Sheffield Chapel 

Dinner and a movie. Come join us on 
Sat., Nov. 10 at 6pm for dinner and a mov- 
ie. All ages are invited. There is no charge. 
For more information, call 528-2911. 

Christmas Eve service. Come cel- 
ebrate the birth of Christ! A service of 
carols and candles will be held Mon., Dec. 
24 at 7pm. All ages are invited. For more 
information call 528-2911. 




"Money Does Grow on Trees" 

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RELIGIOUS SERVICES 



ASHLEY FALLS 



Greenwoods Community Church (non-denominational) 

355 Clayton Rd. 229-8560; parsonage (860) 824-7442. 

Sunday: 9:30am Sunday School (ages 3-adult); 10:30am Worship Service, nursery care 

provided. Rev. Edward M. Eastman Jr., Pastor 



Trinity Methodist (United Methodist) 

11 56 Ashley Falls Rd. 229-2712. 

Sunday: 9am Service. Betty LeGeyt, Pastor 

GREAT BARRINGTON 



Congregation Ahavath Shalom (reconstructionist) 

North St. 528-4197 

Friday, 8pm & Saturday, 10am. Services are not held every week. Schedules are updated 

weekly on the answering machine, including special services 

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire 

270 State Rd. 528-6378 

Friday: 7:30pm Shabbat Service. Saturday: 10am Shabbat service & Torah study. 

Rabbi Deborah Zecher, Assistant Rabbi Andrew Klein 

Trinity Lutheran 

198 Main St. 528-1330 

Sunday: 9am Sunday Worship. Rev. Steve Edmiston 

Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire 

Meet at the United Methodist Church, 198 Main St. 528-4850; home (413) 528-3106. 
Sunday: 5pm Service. Rev. Kathy Duhon 

SHEFFIELD 

Christ Church Episcopal & Trinity Lutheran 

180 Main St. 229-8811 

Sunday: 8am & 10am Holy Eucharist; 10am Sunday School & child care; Thursday: 10am Holy 

Eucharist & Healing. Rev. Anne Ryder 

Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses 

Route 7 & Kellogg Rd. 229-8649. The public is welcome. 

Faith Baptist 

640 North Main St. 229-0400 

Sunday: 9:45am Sunday School; 10:45am Worship Service; 6pm Evening Service; Wednesday: 

7pm Bible Study. Barton Keller, Pastor 



Old Parish (Congregational) 

125 Main St. 229-8173 

Sunday: 10am Worship, Sunday School, 10am. 



Diane Graham, Pastor 



Our Lady of the Valley (Catholic) 

Maple Ave. 229-3028 

Saturday: 4:00pm Mass; Sunday: Sheffield 7:30am, 9am Masses; 

Rev. John S. Lis 



River 10:30 Mass. 



Sheffield Chapel (non-denominational) 

1970 N. Main St. 528-2911, www.sheffieldchapel.org. 

Sunday: 10:45am Morning Worship, 9:30am Sunday School for all ages. Wednesdays: Group 

Prayer Time 7pm. Pastor: In Transition 




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GRAHAM CALLED TO BE PASTOR AT OLD PARISH CHURCH 



The Rev. Jill Diane Graham will be installed 
as the pastor of The First Congregational 
Church on Sun., Dec. 2, at 3pm. The Rev. Dr. 
Jim Antal, Minister and President of the Mas- 
sachusetts Conference of the United Church 
of Christ will preach and UCC clergy from 
throughout Berkshire County will participate. 
She is the 27 th minister and first woman called 
to serve as pastor of Old Parish in its 272 years 
of history. 

Rev. Graham grew up in South County 
and has family living in Sheffield and 
Great Barrington. She graduated from 
Berkshire Christian College in 1980 and Gordon-Conwell Theo- 
logical Seminary in 1984. Before coming to Sheffield Sept. 1, she 
served the Housatonic Congregational Church for seven years 
and the First Congregational Church of North Adams for almost 
15. She lives in Monterey with her son, Graham-Michael Frank. 

Jill has a ready smile and an infectious sense of humor. 
When asked what attracted her to Sheffield, she talked first 
about the presence of family and friends. "It was almost like a 
home-coming," she said. Living in North Adams she missed 
seeing turkey and deer. "I love the smell of cow manure," she 




The Rev. Jill Graham 



confesses, and recalls how she used to 
play in a cow barn in Great Barrington. 
She wants it publicly known she is "an 
ardent fan" of the Boston Red Sox. Pic- 
tures of Fenway Park and Red Sox tissues 
adorn her office. 

But she is also very serious about her 
calling. She was attracted to Old Parish 
because she found it welcoming. When 
asked about her focus for her future and 
the future of her new parish, it is clear 
she hopes that a welcoming spirit will 
infuse everything Old Parish is about. 
As a matter of fact, she uses the words "extravagant welcome" 
to describe her vision for the church. She believes in lively 
worship in which children are an integral part. She wants 
church to "be fun." 

Jill will be working part time at Old Parish. She has also 
been called part time as acting associate conference minister of 
the Massachusetts Conference, working with churches and pas- 
tors in the four western counties of the state. 

If you would like to speak with Jill, call the Church office at 
229-8173. —John G. Wightman 



SHEFFIELD DOC BEST OF BREED 

On Oct 6, Caleb, registered as'Ch. Stormridge He's All That 
CD," won Best of Breed at the Australian Shepherd Club of 
America National Specialty Show at the Suffolk County Fair- 
grounds in Augusta, NJ. Caleb is co-owned by Honor Blume of 
Sheffield and Heather Braddock, a breeder from Harwinton, CT. 

Nearly nine years of age, Caleb competed against 57 
male and 35 female Australian shepherds, and the award has 
changed his national rank substantially. He previously won Best 
of Breed at smaller shows and is listed in the dog club's Hall of 
Fame as a sire because of the number of his offspring who are 
champions or have other titles. 

Bred by Kelly Dalke of Stormridge Aussies in Goshen, CT, 
Caleb became a champion show dog before he was three. "CD" 
is part of his official name because he is a companion dog, the 
first level of obedience. 

Caleb lives with Honor and her husband, Douglas Blume, 
their three children, Meghan, Taryn and Colin, two other Aus- 
tralian shepherds, one Dalmatian and a Boston terrier. Honor 
owns and operates Bow Meow Regency, a grooming and board- 
ing facility for dogs and cats, located on Cook Rd. She says of 
her champion,"! am very proud of him!" — Ellen Rowntree 



Caleb the 

champion 

and his co-owner, 

Honor Blume 




GOBBLE GOBBLE 

Wild turkey populations are on the rise and they have 
reached near-record levels in 2007, according to New 
England Game and Fish Magazine. For years it was dif- 
ficult to find wild turkeys, whose preferred habitat is 
hardwood forests, in New England. As the forests were 
cleared for farmland, turkeys all but vanished, like the 
Native Americans who used to hunt them. 

In the 1970s, many New England states, including 
Massachusetts, brought in wild birds trapped in nearby 
states. The turkeys obviously liked our regenerated 
southern Berkshire woods because their population 
exploded. 

Many of us have heard and then seen these fine fowl 
strut out of the wood line and into our yards, often in 
flocks of 15 or more, with the now-grown chicks follow- 
ing their mothers 
and the males 
flying into the 
trees and acting 
as lookouts. 

The giant- 
breasted Butter- 
balls might grace 
our Thanksgiving 
table, but these 
wild turkeys are 
a delight to be- 
hold all year here 
in Sheffield. 

—Judith 
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Community News 



STONEWORK: JIM BOLTROM'S NEWEST PASSION 



According to Robert ITiorson, aurhorof 
Srone By Stone: the Magnificent History 
in New England's Stone Walls, the stone 
walls of this region at one time could have 
encircled the globe 10 times. Sheffield's 
Jim Boltrom hasn't laid quite that much 
stone, but it appears he's working on it. 

"You have to know when to stop, 
though," says the genial auto restorer 
with a twinkle.'Tve used probably 15 to 
18 tons of rock so far, and I'll use more 
before I'm through, but I don't want to 
spoil the effect with too much." 

He surveys the stone walls that line 
his driveway and enclose a garden patch 
in front of his log cabin off Hewins St. 
There are five separate walls altogether, 
interrupted by a path and a couple of 
trees. "Stone walls in Colonial times were 
built to keep animals in or out, but mine 
are mostly decorative." 

Using dry wall (mortar-less) construc- 
tion, each meandering section is composed 



of rocks of various sizes fit together like 
pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The interlock- 
ing pieces keep the wall standing and 
are capped with irregular, smaller stones 
rather than the large capstones found on 
some New England stacked fences. 

Stone walls are mute historians in 
New England's landscape. Originally 
they were simply long lines of piled 
fieldstones dumped or thrown along 
property lines as the fields were cleared. 
In the 1700s, carefully stacked rocks 
replaced these rudimentary walls. Farm- 
ing had become a thriving enterprise by 
then. As most of the trees cleared from 
fields were used in building, and be- 
cause rocks were so plentiful, it seemed 
expedient to resort to making stouter 
stone walls. A trade grew up around the 
art and for a time, "wallers" were in great 
demand. 

Jim's first attempt was a rough bit of 
wall out near his auto restoration shop. 



"I liked the work. It was a way to rest 
from my regular job," he says, only half 
joking. With the completion of his ini- 
tial try, he began to look at his property 
in a different way. "Here we were, living 
in a log cabin. A picket fence just didn't 
fit. Besides, I was always repairing or re- 
placing parts. I grew up in New Milford, 
CT, and remembered the stone walls 
that were everywhere. So I did some 
research and decided to make a wall the 
way they did back in Colonial times. 
And," he adds, grinning widely, "I figured 
rock would last a long time." 

Jim knew a fellow at J.R. Contract- 
ing who could get some fieldstone ("real 
fieldstone," he stressed, "not building lot 
stone") from a retired farm in Canaan. 
When the rock was delivered, Jim stood 
in the middle of all those stones and 
just stared at them. He explains, "You 
have to become in tune with the rock. 
I would look at a stone and see in my 



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mind how it had to be placed. 
It was as though I was preas- 
sembling the wall in my mind. 
Then I just started to build." 

With just his eye as a guide 
("I didn't use any tools such 
as a transit or a level"), Jim 
laid the foundation stones and 
stacked his wall thigh high. 

"I'd set myself a goal — I'd get 
to that tree or that corner — and 
then I'd stop. Back in the day, 
there'd be an incentive, maybe 
a jug of hootch, waiting at the 
stopping point, but I just went 
back to work at my real job when 
I got tired of lifting stone." 

On and off for the past two years, 
Jim has added more walls to his flat, 
tree-lined lot. "One things leads to 
another," he says. "You have to have sym- 
metry. Once this wall was built," he indi- 
cates a section with a wave of his hand, 
"this spot looked perfect for a picnic table. 
Then over here became the best spot for a 
flower garden and maybe some herbs." 

He points out a rock-framed, old- 
fashioned hand pump, a refurbished 
hitching post he found at the town 







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Jim Boltrom (above) 
and the stone wall he 
built in front of his 
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dump ("in case a horse shows up"), and 
an old horse-drawn dirt scoop that 
sits beyond the herb garden. "I like the 
look of old, and once you get started 
you realize that in order to balance ev- 
erything you have to keep going. I have 
plans to maybe put a tool shed built to 
look like an outhouse in the back, and 
a hand-hewn locust rail fence along the 
far side of the drive." 

He's been asked if he would build 
walls for customers. "Building stone 
walls is not my real work. My real job," 



and here he nods at the restoration shop 
visible through a line of trees, "now that's 
another story. Building stone walls is my 
hobby. It's something I do for fun, not for 
work." 

In his book, Thorson calls New Eng- 
land's stone walls "the signatures of rural 
New England." Jim Boltrom would agree. 
"Every wall back then took on a certain 
character, and it got so you could look at 
a wall and tell who built it," he says. 

Jim's got his name written all over his 
property. — Pauline Clarke 



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SHEFFIELD IN CELEBRATION: SHEFFIELD FAIR 




The Sheffield Fair on Sept. 8 had something/or everyone. Top, left to right: Fairgoers admire Jim Law's tables and fine furniture. Folk 
band Yankee Notions, sponsored by the Sheffield Cultural Council, plays. People take seats on Old Parish steps to listen. Bottom, left to 
right, hi the "Kids' Tent," a volunteer clown makes balloon animals. The Corn Crib sold local apples in the food court - right through the 
rain. Town officials enjoy the fair and answer questions from residents: Joe Kellogg, Town Administrator and selectmen Dave Macy,Jim 
Collingwood and Julie Hannum talk with afairgoer. 




THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO 

HELPED MAKE SHEFFIELD IN CELEBRATION POSSIBLE! 

Corporate Sponsors Sheffield Pottery & Salisbury Bank and Trust Co. 

and all the organizations, underwriters, partners and volunteers including the following: 



Aquatic Design 

Ashley Falls Village Improvement 

Society 
Berkshire Bank 
Berkshire Products, Inc. 
Carlson's Heating & Air Conditioning 
Christ Church Episcopal and Trinity 
Lutheran 
Campo de' Fiori 
Corn Crib 

Dick Coon Construction 
Cypress Apparel 
Barb Davidson 
DeVries Building Supply 
Farmers' Market of Sheffield 
Gilligan Brothers 
Glory Be Clown Troupe 
Evelyn Hatfield & Hatfield Antiques 
Bill Hoglin 
Tom Ingersoll 
Kwik Print 

Lane Construction, Corp. 
Jimmy Larkin 



Jim Lawjr. 

Susan LeGeyt and the LeGeyt Family 

Jim Lovejoy Cabinetmaker 

Todd Mack 

Fran Mandeville 

Greg Massini 

Old Parish Church 

OleTJ's Antique Barn 

Kathy Orlando 

Tom Orlando 

Painted Porch Antiques 

Sandra Preston Real Estate 

Race Mountain Tree Services 

Ray's Auto Parts, LLC 

Peter Rowntree 

Joe Seward and Sons Electrician 

Ann & Bob Shanks 

Sheffield Association 

Sheffield Board of Selectmen 

Sheffield Boy Scouts 

Sheffield Council on Aging 

Sheffield Cultural Council 

Sheffield Fire Dept. 



Sheffield Historical Society 

Sheffield Kiwanis 

Sheffield Land Trust 

Sheffield Police Dept. 

Sheffield Tree Project 

Sheffield Volunteer Hose Company #1 

Dave Smith 

Stage Coach Tavern 

Store-It-All 

Lisa Sturz 

Bobby Sweet & Friends 

Thomas & Kathleen Tetro 

Lois Van Cleef 

Don Ward 

Webster Ingersoll 

Wheeler & Taylor, Inc. 

Joe Wilkinson and Sons Excavating 

Jim, June, Kristin, and Seamus Wolfe 

Yankee Notions 

Elizabeth Yoakum 

... and everyone who attended before, 
during and after the rain! 



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ASHLEY FALLS LABOR DAY POTLUCK 



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KIWANIS STEAK ROAST 

People line up outside the fire house to get into the steak roast, 
above. Serving up the meal inside, below. 





Peter Cherneff and Hank 

and Diane Vollmer at the 

Labor Day potluck on the 

Ashley Falls green, above. 

Richard Cherneff selling 

souvenir t-shirts to Kathie 

Ness and John James, 

right. The party and shirt 

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Falls Village Improvement 

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Library News 



RECOMMENDED READING 



I be /iin i>/ Em e rso n by Ralph Waldo Em- 
erson and Lao Tse and edited by Richard 
Grossman (2007, Modern Library). 

"The wisdom of the Tao Te Ching as 
found in the words of Ralph Waldo Em- 
erson." sums up the book jacket. Gross- 
man, a Salisbury, CT psychotherapist 
and educator, has juxtaposed on facing 
pages the translated text of Lao Tse's 81 
aphoristic chapters, the Tao, with salient 

BOOK CLUB FORMING 

Want to join a Bushnell-Sage Library 

book club? Contact Lee at 229-6066. 

LIBRARY WINS AWARD 
In August, Central /Western Massa- 
chusetts Resource Sharing awarded a 
"Golden Bundle Award" to Bushnell- 
Sage Library staff for preparing 
materials in a way that saves time in 
sorting library materials for drivers in 
the delivery and collection service.The 
award recognizes how Library staff 
pitches in whenever they find a need! 

excerpts from Emerson's essays, addresses 
and journal entries. Separated by some 
2500 years, each philosopher coped with 
trying times, Lao Tse in the era of the 
Warring States, Emerson forging his 
newfound faith in the anxious decades 
before our Civil War. Confronted by the 
inchoate social order of feuding king- 
doms, shaken to the core by the unyield- 
ing strictures of orthodox Unitarianism, 
Lao Tse and Emerson each contrives an 
alternative theology of intuitive harmony 



with nature, deep soul reconnoiter, and 
practice of timeless virtue. 

Lao Tse engendered schools of 
devotees and interpreters. Emerson was a 
widely traveled New England guru who 
drew hundreds of seekers in pilgrimage 
to Concord. His notable acolytes include 
Henry David Thoreau, the conscientious 
avatar of mind in nature, and John Muir, 
spiritual patriarch of the American west. 
Today Emerson is perhaps less recog- 
nized for his advocacy of man becoming 
God. Instead, his theories of self-reliance 
became the gristmill for later American 
expressions of free-will individualism. 
But scholarly reassessment of Emer- 
son has quickened in recent years, with 
expanded publication of his voluminous 
writings. How fortunate that Grossman, 
also author of A Year with Emerson, is 
well steeped in both traditions. 

In bringing Emerson forward lit by 
the spotlight of Tao, Richard Gross- 
man reveals an unexpected conjunction 
of two great minds. Along the way, the 
reader gains insight into the laws of 
compensation (opposites), the mysteries 
of the inner life, and the task of achieving 
perfection. Those inclined to judge cur- 
rent political leaders will find trenchant 
views on governance. There is even some 
humor: 'A wise man stays at home." 

Man, so goes the argument, is a creature 
of moral sentiment and ideal possibility with 
scant need for commandment, reward or con- 
demnation. Only the perfection of conscious- 
ness is required for admission to the realm of 
higher spirit. The pathway welcomes all who 



THE BUSHNELL-SAGE LIBRARY 

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set asides their fears. In its first chapter the Tao 
propounds," Where the Mystery is the deep- 
est is the gate of all that is subde and wonder- 
ful." Emerson asserts in his 1838 lecture at 
Harvard Divinity School/If man is at heart 
just, then in so far he is God." 

Grossman has rendered us a signal 
service, delivering text that is illuminat- 
ing, readable, and provocative. The Tao 
of Emerson is intended for browsing and 
comparisons. Chapters are short and 
balanced, with adequate blank pages for 
the reader's mind or pencil to engage the 
dialogue. The book is hand-friendly at 
7 x /2 by 6 inches. 

Richard Grossman will be one of the 
visiting authors at Authors' Day at the 
Bushnell-Sage Library on Nov. 3. 

— Frederic Gordon 

KIDS' PROGRAMS 

Twice a week at the Bushnell-Sage Library, 
there's storytime. For children in grades K 
to 4, it's Wednesdays at 3pm. For pre- 
schoolers, it's Thursdays at 10:30am. 

On some Saturdays before Christmas, 
a "Craft Club" for children in grades 1 to 
3 is hosted by Janet and Pearl Elsbach 
from 2-4pm. On Nov. 17, the project will 
be garlands and on Dec. 15 vases/pencil 
holders. Call 229-7004 to register. There's 
a suggested $5 donation to cover the cost 
of materials. 

Library programs for school half days 
are being planned. Call the Library or 
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LIBRARY EVENTS 

Local Authors Day. The fifth annual celebration of regional 
authors will be on Sat., Nov. 3, from 1 0am to 1 2:30pm. 
Come meet and greet Jim Bouton, Sheryl Lechner, Frank 
Lowenstein.Todd and Tracy Mack, Seymour Robins, Jon Swan, 
Simon Winchester and many others. 

Book talk. Author Ruth Bass discusses her young-adult 
novel, Sarah's Daughter, which recounts the story of Rose, a 
child thrust into the demanding adult life of a 19 th century 
New England homestead. Presented in collaboration with the 
Sheffield Historical Society. Nov. 10 at 2pm. 



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Village Green 



UPDATE ON NEW SENIOR CENTER 



Transfer Station Hours 

Tuesdays & Fridays: I pm-4pm 

Saturdays: 8am-4pm 

Sundays: 8:30am-2pm 



At the Town Meeting in May, Sheffield 
citizens voted not to approve a new senior 
center project without first exploring the 
possibility of paying for it at least in part 
through grants. The Board of Selectmen 
appointed a new Senior Center Building 
Committee in August (see the meeting 
notes on page 18) and charged them with 
refining the original building design and 
finding state or federal grants. 

The new committee, chaired by Janet 
Stanton, has been meeting regularly since 
then. The Committee has come up with a 
design that addresses many of the concerns 
expressed over the past several months while 
not substantially changing the original. A 
public information session was held on 
Oct. 24 to hear comments from the general 
public and interested parties. At the meeting, 
a brief presentation was made, followed 
by comments and suggestions from the 20 
people in the audience. 

A determination will be made as to 



whether additional design changes are 
needed to meet any further concerns 
raised at the meeting. If the changes are 
substantial, an 
additional infor- 
mation meeting 
may be scheduled. 
Once the changes 
are finalized, the 
architect will be 
authorized to pro- 
ceed with preparing 
construction docu- 
ments that will 
provide the town 
with a more ac- 
curate cost estimate 
and be ready to go 

out to bid once we hear the results of our 
grant application. 

The Town has been working with 
Berkshire Housing Development Corpo- 
ration of Pittsfield to seek funding from 



TOWN PHONE NUMBERS 


Assessor 


229-7001 


Building Inspector 


229-7006 


Fire Dept 




non-emergency 


229-7033 


Library 


229-7004 \ 


Police Dept. 




non-emergency 


229-8522 


School District 


229-8778 


Senior Center 


229-7022 


Town Clerk 


229-8752 


Tax Collector 


229-7008 


Transfer Station 


229-7019 



the Massachusetts" Community Develop- 
ment Block Grant program. It is expected 
that guidelines for the program will be 
issued shortly, and 
applications will likely 
be due in February. To 
make Sheffield's grant 
application as com- 
petitive as possible, the 
town needs to be will- 
ing to put up matching 
money. Consequently, 
the Board of Selectmen 
expects to call a special 
Town Meeting in De- 
cember or early January 
to seek approval of us- 
ing some of Sheffield's 
reserve fund for that purpose. 

A final decision on the grant ap- 
plication is expected by spring or early 
summer. 

— Joseph Kellogg, Town Administrator 






Holiday Bake Sale 



Sat. Dec. 10th: 10AM -2PM 
Fabulous delectables for your 

holiday table or gift giving. 
Cookies, cakes, jams, jellies, 
candies, fruitcakes, breads, 

nuts & more holiday treats. 
Not to be missed! 

Christ Episcopal & Trinity Lutheran 

Church 

RT 7 & Maple Ave., Sheffield 




On the lookout for litter. 




Students at Berkshire School have "adopted" a two- 
mile stretch of Undermountain Road, and also patrol 

the western end of Berkshire School Road. They're 
happy to help keep their adopted hometown clean — 

and to support its newspaper, the Sheffield Times. 




BERKSHIRE SCHOOL 

CELEBRATING A CENTURY 



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Village Green 



FROM THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN'S MINUTES 



Board of Selectmen's meetings can 

be seen on CTSB Cable Channel 16. 

Check schedule for times. 

Not all meetings are televised. 



8/6 — The Board of Selectman and the 
Kiwanis Club visited the intersection 
of Route 7 and Berkshire School Rd. to 
discuss the condition of the island at the 
intersection. The vegetation is overgrown 
and needs attention, and the Kiwanis 
has proposed to clean it up. A landscape 
designer will be consulted and plans pre- 
sented to the Selectmen before any work 
takes place. 

In the regular meeting, Chairman 
Julie Hannum announced that discus- 
sion of the appointment policy would 
be put off until a full board was present 
(Selectman Jim Collingwood was absent). 
[T\k policy was approved at the Aug. 20 
meeting.] 

Chairman Hannum noted that ap- 
plications have been received from the 
following applicants for the School Com- 
mittee: Alice M. Naylor, Scott Sanes and 
Dek Tillett. The Selectmen anticipate 
making the appointment at their next 
meeting on Aug. 20. [They did.] 

Interim Town Administrator Joseph 
Kellogg announced that the state Dept. 
of Environmental Protection has begun 
a Mass Recycles campaign to increase 
the awareness for paper recycling and 
has asked towns to adopt a resolution in 
support of the campaign. A resolution 
carried unanimously. 

Administrator Kellogg stated that 
DEP requires an annual inspection for 
solid waste transfer stations. Eric Weiss 
performed the inspection for Sheffield 
last year and the Board approved his 
providing the inspection again this year 
for $450. 

The Board appointed Ryan C. Kresiak 
and Jacob Gonska Reserve Police Officers 
and Peter Saunders the regional Veteran's 
Agent. It appointed several people to the 
Council on Aging: Joan Brooks, Carol 
Sica and Dawn Massini for three-year 
terms and Richard Magenis for a two- 
year term. 

Janet Stanton was appointed as chair 
of the Senior Center Building Commit- 
tee. The following were appointed as 
members of the committee: David Smith, 
Sr., Bruce Philbrick, John Arthur Miller, 
Bill Browne, Carl Schumann, Rene 



Wood, Grace Campbell, Peter Traub, 
Paul O'Brien and James McGarry. This 
committee will be given a charge from the 
Board for the implementation phase of 
the Senior Center project. Administrator 
Kellogg will attend the meetings. 

Administrator Kellogg stated that he 
met with Tony Gulotta regarding small 
business owners' financial ability to pro- 
vide health insurance for their employees 
given the rising costs. The office of state 
Representative Smitty Pignatelli will 
set up a meeting with a group of small 
business owners to discuss the issue and 



Find out more about your town! 

Visit the Town of Sheffield's web site 

at www.sheffieldma.gov 



to provide information on the Health In- 
surance Partnership, which allows small 
businesses to join together to obtain bet- 
ter insurance rates. 

Kathy Orlando from the Sheffield 
Land Trust provided an update on the res- 
toration project on Salisbury Rd. behind 
the Our Lady of the Valley Cemetery. 

Discussion ensued on the Town Hall 
parking area. The cost of the paving 
is more than anticipated. The binder 
course will be completed this fall and the 
top and the curbing will be completed 
next spring. 

An advertisement for a Town Admin- 
istrator prepared by MMA Consulting 
Group, will be placed in the Beacon and 
on the Town web site. 

8/20 — A draft appointments policy 
has been posted on the Town web site. 
Vito Valentini voiced his concerns 
with the policy regarding qualifications 
conflicts and how many committees one 
person may serve on. Discussion ensued 
regarding applicants being required to live 
in Sheffield. Dennis Sears voiced con- 
cern about applicants being year-round 
residents, so they may attend all meet- 
ings. Selectman David Macy moved to 
adopt the appointments policy, seconded 
by Selectman Collingwood. The motion 



carried unanimously. 

The board appointed Dek Tillett to 
the School Committee, for a term that 
will expire in June 2008. 

Naming rights for the Town Hall 
Parking Lot were discussed. The con- 
sensus of the Board is to not allow one 
family's name be attached to the lot. It is 
a community-funded project and many 
have donated and volunteered their time. 

Chairman Hannum read the charge 
for the Senior Center Building Commit- 
tee drafted by Administrator Kellogg. 
It was agreed to change "utilize to the 
maximum extent possible the American 
Legion Hall" to "recognize the important 
interaction that should be maintained 
between the Council on Aging and 
American Legion." The first meeting of 
the Senior Center Building Committee 
will be Aug 22. 

Mass Highway is working on the final 
submission for the village green project, 
which is set to go out to bid in Septem- 
ber. The project cost has increased since 
it was first approved, and the Town must 
commit to provide any funding over 
the allocation from Mass Highway. The 
Town will provide funding for "non-par- 
ticipating items" in the Village Green 
Project. 

Selectman Collingwood thanked the 
Highway Department for the clean up 
from the recent storm. 

Anne Dunn has expressed interest 
in serving on the Cultural Council. The 
Board will announce the names of all 
applicants for the vacant positions and 
appointments will be made on Sept. 17. 

9/4 — The Town will sponsor the 
MMA 6th Grade Essay Contest that 
will be held again this year. The remain- 
ing towns in the school district will be 
contacted to let them know that Sheffield 
will be participating in the essay contest. 

Construct Inc. will host a walk to 
prevent homelessness on Oct. 14. The 
walk will begin in Great Barrington and 
proceed through Sheffield. 

The Metropolitan Planning Organi- 
zation deals with transportation projects 
within the county. Chairman Hannum 



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will represent Sheffield at a caucus in 
Great Barrington on Oct. 4. 

The road resurfacing bid was awarded 
to Delsignore Paving, who came in with a 
low bid of $62.72 per ton, including park- 
ing lot. Other bids were LB Corp., $63.16 
per ton, Lane Construction, $76 per ton 
for roads and $110 per ton for parking lot. 
The board discussed Pike Rd., which is 
not a town or county road so Chapter 90 
funds cannot be used for repairs. 

The state Ethics Commission sent 
the Town an email regarding hosting a 
workshop for boards and committees. 
Administrator Kellogg will set up an 
ethics workshop and invite surrounding 
towns to participate. 

The U.S. Census Bureau will send an 
address list for the 2010 census to the 
Town for review and make changes. Ad- 
ministrator Kellogg attended a workshop 
last week regarding the program and will 
be the local liaison, with Felecie Joyce and 
Chief McGarry authorized as reviewers. 

Tammy Blackwell requested a trash-fee 
abatement of $83 because she takes her 
trash to a dumpster on Hewins St. Jean 
Francois and Helen Bizalion requested it 
because they take their trash to their busi- 
ness in Great Barrington. Both abatements 
were approved pending proof of hauler 
from each disposal location. 

The board approved an application 
from Verizon for a utility pole installation 
on Covered Bridge Lane. It granted per- 
mission to Anthony and Patricia Borelli 
and Todd Clay to hunt at the town park, 
town forest, library and any other permis- 
sible town property. The permission was 
for bow hunting only at the town park 
and library and for shotgun, black powder 
and bow hunting at the town forest. 

A press release with a list of vacant 
positions on Boards and Committees will 
be issued this week and will be available 
at the municipal table at Sheffield in 
Celebration, 

Administrator Kellogg and Highway 
Superintendent Ronnie Bassett went to 
the State Police Academy to look at curb- 
ing. The Town purchased surplus granite 
curbing for the Town Hall Parking Lot, 
and the Highway Dept. will be picking it 
up this week. 

Changes will be made to the Town 
web site within the next couple of weeks 
to make it more user- friendly. 

9/13 — The board discussed trash 
fee abatements for homeowners who 



transport their trash to another location 
or have a vacant house. Administra- 
tor Kellogg suggested charging the full 
amount for vacant houses and to allow 
a homeowner to prove the residence 
has been vacant for three or six months, 
at which time a partial reimbursement 
would be issued. A working meeting will 
be scheduled within the next couple of 
weeks to review abatement requests. 

Trash disposal fees for 615 Main St. 
were discussed. The building houses three 
units but has been charged for two in the 
past. The Town's trash regulations will be 
reviewed before a final decision is made. 

Fire Chief Rick Boardman has re- 
quested fire lane signs for the road from 
the fire house to the village green. The 
Board of Selectmen will send a letter to 
businesses, with copies to Chief McGar- 
ry, asking that the road remain open at all 
times. Signs will also be posted. 

A five-member search committee was 
established to review applications for the 
Town Administrator position, made up 
of the three selectmen, Assistant Town 
Administrator Rhonda LaBombard and 
one member of the Finance Committee. 
Chairman Hannum will contact David 



Steindler, the Finance Committee chair- 
man, to discuss who will serve. 

Two paintings painted by the late 
Beverly Schwartzman were donated to 
the town by her husband and will be 
displayed in the upstairs hallway outside 
the meeting room. 

9/17 — Chairman Hannum gave an 
update on the Housing Committee and 
provided copies of their recommenda- 
tions for discussion at the next meeting. 

The Town is in the process of forming 
a Broadband Access Committee [see story 
on page 20.] 

A list of vacancies has been posted on 
the Town website and published in the 
Berkshire Eagle. Applicants to date are: 
Paul O'Brien for the Broadband Access 
Committee; David Reed, Anne Dunn 
and Trudy Weaver Miller for the Cultural 
Council; Vito Valentini for the Parks and 
Recreation Committee. Appointments 
will be made on Oct. 15. 

Vito Valentini inquired about the loca- 
tion of a casino in western Massachusetts. 
Administrator Kellogg stated the pro- 
posed location for the casino is in Palmer, 
which is Exit 8 off the Mass Turnpike. 



FROM THE TOWN CLERK'S OFFICE 



Dog licenses. Licenses are renewable 
annually in the spring. If your dog is six 
months of age or older, or you live in Shef- 
field at least 30 days of the year, licensing is 
required. After May 1, a delinquent fee of 
$25 per dog will be imposed in addition to 
the license fee. (This does not apply to new 
licenses). If your dog is spayed or neutered, 
the fee is $4. If your dog is intact, the fee 
is $10. All applications require proof of 
rabies vaccination. You can obtain a license 
in person or by mail. Come to Town Hall 
or send a self-addressed, stamped enve- 
lope, with a check payable to the Town of 
Sheffield, to Town Clerk, PO Box 175, 
Sheffield, MA 01257. 

Voter registration. Town Hall is 
open every weekday for voter registra- 
tion. If you are not registered or if you are 
uncertain of your voting status, please call 
or stop by for assistance. 

Hunting & fishing licenses. Licenses 
make great holiday gifts. The Town 
Clerk still has 2007 licenses and stamps 
available. According to the state Division 
of Fisheries and Wildlife, 2008 licenses 
should be available sometime around 
Thanksgiving. If you plan to purchase a 



license on behalf of someone other than 
yourself, it would be helpful to have their 
prior license or a duplicate when you 
come in. Call the Town Clerk's office at 
229-8752 for more information. 

DEER SEASON 

Shotgun season for deer is Nov. 26 
to Dec. 8 this year.Archery season 
precedes that, Oct. 1 5 to Nov. 24, 
and muzzleloader season follows, 
Dec. 1 to Dec. 3 1 . Seasons for other 
animals can be found at www.mass. 
gov/dfwele/dfw/recreation/hunting/ 
hunting_home or in the 2007 Mass 
Wildlife Abstracts, available at the 
Town Clerk's office. Sheffield is 
located in Hunting Zone 3. 

There is no hunting on Sunday. 
Hunting hours are generally from 
one-half hour before sunrise to 
one-half hour after sunset. Hunting 
is not permitted within 500 feet of 
any dwelling or building except as 
authorized by the owner or occupant, 
nor within 1 50 feet of any state or 
hard-surfaced highway. 



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PLANNING BOARD NEWS 



During irs two moorings in September 
and its tirsr mooring in October, che Plan- 
ning Board was extremely busy with the 
special permit applications reported on in 
rhe last issue. 

Hearings and permits. After hear- 
ings .u\d deliberations, the board ap- 
proved the application of David and 
Barbara West to create a building lot 
from property on Silver St. under the al- 
ternative lot dimensions provisions of the 
zoning by-laws. The board also approved 
the special permit application of Bores- 
tone LLC/Four Corners LLC, a company 
that uses computer-controlled machines 
to craft non-metal parts for furniture and 
other objects. The company requested a 
two-year extension of the special permit 
granted in August 2005 for light manu- 
facturing and machining of wood, plastic 
and metal products at lot 4 in the Shef- 
field Business Park. (For that application, 
a second hearing was required as the 
board learned while writing up its deci- 
sion that the original hearing notice had 
not been properly posted at Town Hall.) 

The board denied the special permit 
application of Gregory Small and Claire 
Anacreon to create a building lot for 
property in Sheffield and New Marlbor- 
ough, with access off Alum Hill Rd. in 
New Marlborough, under the by-laws' 
alternative lot dimensions provision. 
After extensive deliberations and pains- 
taking review of evidence presented by 
the applicants and their representatives, 
the board determined that the lot in 
question had been created in March 1994 
and therefore failed to meet the by-laws' 
requirement of being in existence on Jan. 
25, 1994. 

All of the board special permit deci- 



sions were by a unanimous 5-0 vote. 

In September the board held two 
special permit hearings on the application 
of Berkshire Fence Accessories of 560 
South Main St., which applied for three 
uses: major commercial development, 
accessory single-family dwelling unit 
in a commercial district and kennel, as 
well as for increased signage, both in size 
and number of signs. Due to schedul- 
ing issues, the hearing was scheduled for 
continuation on Nov. 11 at 8pm. 

The board endorsed a Form A (Ap- 
proval Not Required for development) 
application for Joseph and Maureen 
Seward to divide properties that are part 
of the estate of James Small on Salisbury 
Rd. Under this Form A, two lots and four 
parcels were created. (A lot can be built 
upon, a parcel cannot.) 

The board signed off on the Salisbury 
Road LLC's plan to move the common 
driveway that will serve the three lots on 
this Salisbury Rd./Barnum St. site. The 
drive will be moved several feet to address 
Conservation Commission concerns. 

The board also signed the site plan 
for Florence Liberman and Gail Ullman, 
which was the final step of their special 
permit process to establish a boarding 
house, turning what is currently the 
Sheffield Inn on Maple Ave. into a senior 
living facility. 

Other business. Rene Wood, repre- 
senting the Planning Board, Town Man- 
ager Joe Kellogg and Joellyn Warren of 
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission 
met to develop recommendations for the 
the grant Sheffield recently received from 
the state to promote economic develop- 
ment in Sheffield. The grant allows Shef- 
field to hire BRPC to work on such proj- 



ects for the town. These recommendations, 
later endorsed by the Planning Board and 
Board of Selectmen, are to develop a "How 
to do Business in Sheffield" document 
and evaluate the Sheffield Business Park 
as a possible site to take advantage of the 
recent Massachusetts "Chapter 43 D" law, 
which provides for expedited permitting, 
state assistance in marketing and other 
economic tools. (Voters have to approve 
43D sites, and the soonest this could be 
brought to a town meeting would be some 
time in 2008.) 

The Planning Board will meet with 
the Board of Selectmen in November 
to review the recommendations of the 
Master Plan's Implementation Advisory 
Committee regarding housing issues, in- 
cluding establishment of a town housing 
commission. 

The Zoning By-Law Review Com- 
mittee's recommendations on potential 
by-law warrant articles for presenta- 
tion to voters at a possible special Town 
Meeting were received and the board will 
review these recommendations during 
upcoming meetings. 

Work on updating the board's Rules 
and Regulations and the forms used in 
conducting board business will began 
later this year. The board has received 
positive feedback from its new Form A 
(Approval Not Required) application 
guidelines, which are available from the 
Town Clerk or the town's web site. Ad- 
ditionally, Rhonda LaBombard has been 
assuming the chair's clerical duties. 

If you've not had a chance to visit the 
town's web site (www.sheffieldma.gov), 
take a look. I believe you'll be pleased 
to see how much information, including 
Planning Board meeting notices, minutes, 
forms, zoning by-laws, etc., is available 
there. — Rene Wood, Chair 



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BUS: (413) 528-2040 

FAX: (413) 528-6516 

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POLICE: SUMMER PROGRAM A SUCCESS 



The Sheffield Police Dept. held its 
annual Kops & Kids summer program 
July 16 through July 20 at the Sheffield 
Town Park. An all-time high of 62 chil- 
dren attended. 

The program, a week-long ropes 
course, is facilitated by nine police offi- 
cers, six from the Sheffield police depart- 
ment. There are 13 rope elements, high 
and low. A new element is already in the 
works to go up next year. 

The program aims to bridge the gap 
between police officers and kids as well 
as strengthen each child's self esteem and 
ability to work as part of a team. 

The week begins with games to let 
everyone get to know each other. Four 
groups are established, each with two po- 
lice officers, three older students who act 
as mentors and 13 or 14 campers. Shef- 
field mentors returning this year included 
Zack Battachi, Samantha Robarge, Lexi 
Ovitt and Andrew Blume. They did a 
great job and we hope to see them back 
next year. 

As the week wears on, kids start 
working together and helping each other 
out with encouragement and sugges- 




Counselors and campers with the Berkshire County Special 
Response Team vehicle. 



tions — a wonderful thing 
to see. This year's camp 
included a demonstration 
of a police K-9 unit from 
the Connecticut State Po- 
lice and a demonstration of 
Berkshire County's Special 
Response Team (known 
as a SWAT team in other 
locations). 

This camp is run totally 
on donations. We include 
lunches each day, along with 
snacks, drinks, T-shirts for the partici- P.J.'s Convenience, Silk's Variety — along 

pants and of course, our barbecue gradua- with Manhattan Pizza and Guido's of 
tion lunch and awards ceremony on the Great Barrington, the Old Mill of South 
last day. Chief Jim McGarry and District Egremont and the Old North Egremont 
Attorney David Capeless came to flip the Store. Jim Collingwood Trucking deliv- 
burgers. Parents and friends also attended ered the dumpster for us, and Kwik Print 

donated our award certificates 

Thanks to Sandy and Rick Boardman, 
who sent ice cream for dessert. Officers 
from the Lee and Stockbridge police de- 
partments were there to help. And thanks 
to Chief McGarry, who finagled the work 
schedule to allow Sheffield's officers to 
spend the week at the park. 

We're already working on next year's. 



and watched a demonstration of the high 
ropes elements. Some of the parents even 
got a chance to try the "zip line," the high- 
est and longest of the high elements. 

Thanks to all our town residents who 
donated during our annual fund raising. 
We couldn't do this without you. Provid- 
ing food and drink were several Shef- 
field businesses — Limey's Restaurant, 



NEW BROADBAND ACCESS 
COMMITTEE BEING FORMED 

At its Oct. 15 meeting, the Board of Selectmen appointed 
Paul O'Brien, technology coordinator for the school dis- 
trict, to the new Sheffield Broadband Access Committee. 
He joins ex-officio members Julie Hannum, from the Board 
of Selectmen, and Joe Kellogg, Town Administrator. The 
town seeks additional members to serve on this new com- 
mittee. Interested persons should submit a brief letter of 
interest to the Selectmen's attention, or send an email to 
bosoffice@townofsheffield.com. 

The committee's first task is to figure out how to ad- 
minister a survey currently being developed by Berkshire 
Connect and Pioneer Valley Connect (known as the "Con- 
nects") that will assess the status of high-speed internet 
access in the town. Sheffield is considered an underserved 
community. Some residents have access to Verizon DSL, 
others cable internet service from Time Warner (previously 
Adelphia). Some use a satellite connection. Many still must 
use dial-up service. 

Massachusetts governor Duval Patrick recently called for a 
$25 million investment in broadband infrastructure to improve 
access, particularly in rural areas. The effort is being compared 
to the push for rural electrification early in the last century. 

The Sheffield Selectmen urge residents to participate 
in the survey once it is available. To learn more about the 
initiative, go to www.bconnect.org and click on the "broad- 
band" link. 



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PRESERVING SHEFFIELD'S PAST TODAY 
FOR ITS FUTURE TOMORROW 

JOIN AND BE PART OF THE EXCITEMENT 

The 1774 Dan Raymond House hours: 
Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Mark Dewey Research Center open Monday and 

Friday afternoons, l:30-4pm, 

and by appointment 

Email: mdrc@sheffieldhistory.org 

Old Stone Store hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

and Sunday, 11a.m. to 3p.m. 

(Closed March) 



159 Main Street, P.O. Box 747, Sheffield, MA 01257 
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Organizations & Businesses 



WEBSTER INCERSOLL: Inside a Sheffield landscaping firm 



Webster Ingersoll, Inc., located neat 
che Sheffield-Great Barrington town 
lino, specializes in landscape design and 
construction, horticulture and stone- 
work, [he company practices a holistic 
method of treating trees, shrubs and 
lawns called Plant Health Care. PHC 
includes vaccinating large trees against 
diseases like Dutch elm disease, con- 
trolling invasive weeds such as purple 
loosestrife, and treating clients' proper- 
ties for ticks and mosquitoes. 

The company's clients include 
home-owners and businesses, and 
projects range from a simple planting 
plan or a half-day's brush removal to 
multi-stage excavation/renovation jobs 
lasting many months. 

The company was formed in 2002 
by the merger of Webster Gardens 
and John C. Ingersoll, Inc., a tree- 
care company, spurred by a chance 
to restore the famous gardens at the 
Mount, the Edith Wharton estate in Le- 
nox. The project was too large for either 
company to do alone, so they worked 
together for more than two years. The 
partnership was so rewarding that Ben 
Webster and Tom Ingersoll decided to 
join forces for good. 

Since then, other major projects have 
included updating the gardens and paths 
at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge and 
installing stone walls, patios and plant- 
ings for the Austen Riggs Center, also in 
Stockbridge. 

Tom says, "We see each property as 
an individual property. It's not a rub- 
ber-stamp situation. A well-thought-out 
landscape is going to take less from the 
environment, give more back and cost less 
to maintain." 

The company's facilities include a busy 
office with a woodstove that sees daily 
use in the winter. The attached work- 
shop, where equipment and vehicles are 
repaired, is decorated with old signs from 
previous incarnations of the company 
and a few wild animal skulls found on job 
sites. There are two other barns for garag- 
ing the trucks and storing supplies such 
as hay bales and grass seed. 

Outside the shop is an unpaved yard 




Ben Webster and Tom Ingersoll 

with piles of screened topsoil, mulch and 
different grades of stone and the compa- 
ny's trucks — they have names like "Big 
Guy" and "Betty" — and heavy equipment 
like excavators and loaders. 

Ben Webster, the company president, 
grew up on a farm in Litchfield, CT. 
He started out in excavating and dis- 
covered he enjoyed putting things back 
together after the digging. He founded 
Webster Gardens with his wife Cornelia, 
a horticulturist, combining his skill at 
working with the land with her expertise 
with perennials. Cornelia now works at 
Webster-Ingersoll in the front office and 
as a mentor to the garden crew. 

Tom Ingersoll, vice-president, 
inherited John C. Ingersoll, Inc., from 
his father. In 1992 Tom was majoring 
in telecommunications at Michigan 
State and planning a career in music 
and film. He came home on vacation to 
discover that his father was terminally 
ill. Tom says he had some ambivalence 
about getting into landscaping, but he 
was determined to make it work. He 
educated himself in all aspects of the 
business, going to every workshop he 
could find, pursuing certifications, and 
eventually becoming a certified arbor- 
ist. Tom has also continued his song- 



writing and recording and is a noted 
local musician with two CDs. He 
recently launched an environment- 
themed show, "New Leaf," on Great 
Barrington independent radio sta- 
tion WBCR-LP Sunday mornings. 

The company has 30 employees. 
Designer and project manager Erin 
Robertson, a Northeast Organic 
Farming Association-certified land 
care professional, joined just before 
the Mount project, which she man- 
aged on site. 

Crewleaders Pat Agar and Ty- 
ler Moore and crew member Greg 
Costello have been with the com- 
pany since the mid-'90s. Pat worked 
through the winter to keep the Mount 
restoration on schedule, sometimes in 
heated tents. Tyler s skill with natural 
stone can be seen in the new native 
garden at the Berkshire Co-op Market 
in Great Barrington. 
Operations Manager Braxton Shafi- 
roff oversees the logistics of the com- 
pany's day-to-day operations. Sari Hoy, 
director of Plant Health Care, previously 
worked in textile design in New York 
City. She credits Tom with encourag- 
ing her to attend the Conway School of 
Landscape Design, where she trained in 
environmental landscape planning. She 
too has NOFA certification. 

Terrence McSharry, formerly of the 
Berkshire Botanical Garden, became 
the company's director of horticulture 
in 2007. Terrence has an encyclopedic 
knowledge of plants and a passion for 
site-specific design. Aided by crewlead- 
ers Cindy Wood and Tanya Scarpa, the 
"Hort" department maintains existing 
gardens, refurbishes those that have be- 
come overgrown and designs and installs 
new ones. Stephanie Barlow was recently 
hired as a landscape designer and project 
manager. She previously worked for 19 
years at Kent Gardens in Kent, CT. 
Head bookkeeper Sue Funk also 
joined the company in 2007. She works 
with assistant bookkeeper Patri Wilson. 
Liz Chaffee is office support manager, 
aiding Cornelia Webster. 

An average day at Webster-Ingersoll 



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sees the dispatch of two garden crews, 
several landscape crews, possibly a 
separate masonry crew and a PHC crew 
to a variety of sites. A crew can work on 
a single project for months, or power 
through several "shorties" in a day. Every 
Friday morning the entire staff gathers at 
7am in front of the shop for the "round- 
up," an informal meeting where Ben and 
Tom review the week and look forward to 
the week ahead. 

The working season starts around 
April 1 and continues into early winter 
until the ground is too frozen to dig. 
During the winter, most of the outdoor 
crews go on seasonal layoff (except for 
some clearing work), and the indoor staff 
works part-time. 

This year's cold, wet spring de- 
layed the start of the working season 
by several weeks, but the crews and 
managers have been pushing hard, and 
the company has caught up to where it 



would be in a normal year. 

Asked about the biggest challenge 
the company faces, Ben and Tom agree 
that it's the economy. Ben says, "People 
are having to work so hard at just keep- 
ing themselves sheltered and fed and 
educating their kids." Tom adds, "The 
struggle is to find the talent and com- 
pensate them adequately, not just in 
bucks but in terms of safety and security, 
insurance and morale." 

Both love the business, the Berkshires' 
environment and the community. Ben 
seves as a board member for Resources 
for Renewal. Tom formerly chaired 
Elm Watch and is currently chair of the 
Sheffield Tree Project. The company has 
contributed labor to a variety of com- 
munity projects and regularly donates 
consultations as fund-raising prizes for 
local nonprofits. 

Ben says, "I like jobs with a lot of 
different elements, from shaping the land 



to placing the final elements. I even like 
when other contractors are involved — 
that coordination and cooperation ele- 
ment. The dream client is one who under- 
stands the value of the work and lets us 
flex our muscles, brains and creativity." 

Tom says, "What gets me up in the 
morning is not just the clients, but the 
employees and the vendors. We've been 
able to build upon a reputation and a 
client base that sees our commitment to 
the community. I believe it's possible to 
maintain a culture of cooperation instead 
of competition, especially here. There is 
a way to provide security for ourselves at 
the same time as caring for the land. In 
fact, that's the only way to do it." 

The company is located in Shef- 
field at 1719 North Main St. (Route 7) 
between Lane Construction and Campo 
De Fiori. Phone 229-8124, and website 
www.websteringersoll.com. 

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Organizations & Businesses 
BUSY FALL FOR THE SHEFFIELD LAND TRUST 

The Sheffield Land Trust had .1 variety or 
community projects and events this fall. 
The Land Trust and Our Lady of the 
Valley Church, have been restoring wet- 
lands and rare species habitat behind the 
cemetery on Salisbury Rd., in conjunc- 
tion with the Conservation Commis- 
sion, and the state Natural Heritage and 
Endangered Species Program and Dept. 
of Environmental Protection. Many com- 
munity members have volunteered their 
time to remove dumped wood chips and 
brush, rip out bittersweet and other inva- 
sives, transplant native species and install 
erosion control mats. 

On Sept. 23 the Land Trust hosted 
Russ Cohen on its annual fall walk. Some 
40 people roamed Moon on the Pond 
farm on Barnum St. and found wild 
edibles from nuts to lamb's quarters. 

And on Oct. 20, local builder Howard 
Chezar and decorator Patricia Fox hosted 
a benefit for the Land Trust at the Ashley 
Falls Mill, which Chezar has restored 
as a unique residence. Rain the night 
before filled the Konkapot River so the 
falls were roaring over the restored dams, 
and the sunny skies brought out so many 
people that extra tours had to be added. 



Above, Russ Cohen 
talks about foraging 
for edibles along 
roadsides at the Fall 
Property Walk. 





Left, Dick Magenis plants native species at the restoration site. 
Above, view of the back of the mill with its two-story high window, 
and the same view from inside. The event included tours of the 
restored house and the grounds, with unique views of the restored 
falls from the island, south of the mill. 'The area was long ago 
Sheffield's industrial center, with water power running many mills. 



BARTHOLOMEW'S COBBLE EVENTS 



Owl prowl 

Saturdays, Nov. 3 and 1 7, 6-8pm, 
Saturdays, Dec. I and l5,6-8pm. 
Learn how owls are able to hunt 
swiftly, accurately and silently in the 
dead of night. We'll listen to owl calls 
& try to draw them in. Please pre- 
register. Members: adult $4; child free. 
Nonmembers: adult $6; child $2. 

Full moon hike 

Sat., Nov. 24, 6-8pm,Sunday, Dec. 23 
6-9pm. Forests and fields look much 
different in the moonlight. Come 
explore the sights and sounds of night- 
time. Please pre-register. Members/Non- 
members: adult $5; family $ 1 0. 

Bartholomews Cobble, a 329 -acre property 
of The Trustees of Reservations with five 
miles of trails, is located on Weatogue Rd. 
in Ashley Falls. It's open year-round, daily, 



Waterfowl census 

Sat., Nov. 10, 9am-2pm.Take 
part in the 7th annual northwest 
Connecticut census. Travel with 
experienced birders to several lakes 
and learn about migratory waterfowl. 
Dress warmly. Please call in advance. 
Free to all. 

Hike With Santa 

Sat., Dec. 22, I Oam-noon. Santa will 
take children on a half-mile hike 
and explain the wonders of winter. 
He will also be handing out small 
nature- related presents. Please pre- 
register. Adults free; children $10 
(includes price of the present.) 

sunrise to sunset. The Visitor's Center is 
open 9amA:30pm (closed Sundays and 
Mondays, Dec. to March). For more infor- 
mation, call 229-8600. 



COBBLE GETS GRANT 
FOR COLLECTION 

The Trustees of Reservations announced 
today that Bartholomews Cobble, a 
National Natural Landmark located in 
Ashley Falls, received a $3,260 grant from 
Heritage Preservation's Conservation 
Assessment Program. The grant will fund 
the services of a professional conservator, 
Catherine Sease of the Peabody Museum 
of Natural History in New Haven, CT, 
to examine the natural history collections 
at the Cobble's visitors center. 

Steve McMahon, Regional Direc- 
tor for The Trustees of Reservations, 
said, "Bartholomew's Cobble is world- 
famous for its ferns and wildflowers 
along the Housatonic River. Now, with 
the support of Heritage Preservation, 
the wonderful collections of specimens 
at the visitor center will get some 
needed attention." 



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NEW AUDUBON SANCTUARY ON SILVER ST. IN SHEFFIELD 

On Oct. 13, Mass Audubon opened its 45th public sanctu- 
ary — Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary on Silver St. in 
Sheffield. Two miles of trail traverse the 248-acre property, a 
mixture of rolling hayfields, wooded and shrub swamps, lime- 
stone ridge and outcrops, upland deciduous and conifer forest, 
and former pastures. One loop passes by the century-old, 
30-foot-high lime kiln for which the sanctuary is named. The 
fields afford spectacular views of Mount Everett and the valley 
of the Housatonic. A trail map and informational display have 
been posted by the area's new parking lot. 

Naturalists have spotted more than 50 species of butter- 



flies at the sanctuary as well as pileated woodpeckers, alder 
flycatchers and eastern bluebirds. They've documented nearly 
500 species of plants. The marble bedrock at the property 
results in alkaline soil that fosters a number of unusual and 
rare species. 

The sanctuary, nestled within the Commonwealth's 
14,000-acre Schenob Brook Drainage Basin Area of Criti- 
cal Environmental Concern, is the result of the generosity of 
three women who were committed to conserving their land: 
Edna Sheinhart, Dorothy Garfein and Marguerite Darkow. 
Their graves are marked at the corner of one of the fields. 



KIWANIS NEWS AND EVENTS 

Awards gala. The Annual Installation 
Awards Dinner was held on Sept. 29 
at Limey's Restaurant. The 2007-2008 
officers are: President, David Johnson, 
President Elect, Patricia Hardisty, Vice 
President, David Smith, Jr., Secretary, 
Joseph Todd and Treasurer, Richard 
Goodwin. Outgoing president Cathy 
Finkle gave the President's Award 
to Dave Smith, Sr. in honor of his 
dedicated work for the Soup Kitchen. 
Kiwanian of the Year was awarded 
to Anita Diller for her work chair- 
ing both the annual radiothon and 
the scholarship fund. The Legion of 
Honor Award went to Paul Moritz Sr. 
for 30 years of service. Legion of Merit 
Awards: Mike Britton, 5 years, Hilda 
Banks Shapiro, 10 years, David Smith, 
Jr., and Paul Kleinwald, 15 years, and 
Poly Lanoue and Linda Wartella, 20 
years (Kiwanis Women 1987-2007). 

Fall events. The Kiwanian Steak 
Roast was a large part of the fun dur- 
ing Sheffield Celebration on Sept. 8. It 
was a great success and raised $3,000 
for the Sheffield Fire Dept. The check 
was presented to Fire Chief Rick 
Boardman at the Awards Dinner. 

The annual radiothon, on Oct. 19, raised 
money to support many Kiwanian activities 
and programs. This year's on-air personali- 
ties were Mike Kirchner and Dave Smith, 
Sr. A big Kiwanian thank you to WSBS. 

The fundraiser at Cove Bowling Lanes 
started the weekend of Oct. 20 and ran for 
three weekends and concludes on Sun., 
Nov 4. The money raised will help supports 
youth sports activities. Kudos to the com- 
mittee: Jim and Theresa Collingwood, Mike 
Britton, Dave Tolly and Ray Dumant. There 
were 1 1 "squads" over the six days. 

The Sheffield Club's Halloween party 
was held on Oct. 27 for the kindergarten 
through 4 th grade children at Under- 



mountain School. Chief Goblin Kiwan- 
ian Cathy Finkle, probably had more fun 
than the children! 

Community cleanup. The last 
monthly cleanup for this season will take 
place on Sat., Nov. 10, and Sun., Nov. 
11, along a two-mile stretch of road. The 
towns participating will be Sheffield, 
Alford, Egremont, Mount Washington, 
Monterey, New Marlborough and Great 
Barrington. 

Holiday events. Thanksgiving Dinner 
Baskets for families in Sheffield will be 
distributed again this year. Christmas 
gifts will be given to children in the area 
and "shoebox" gifts will be sent to chil- 
dren in Africa. The "shoebox" gifts are do- 
nated by Kiwanian members and the club 



pays for shipping. The holiday nut sale is 
underway: you can purchase nuts at Silk's 
Variety in Sheffield, Sears in Great Bar- 
rington or from any Kiwanian. 

Truck raffle. Tickets are now on sale 
for $50. First prize is a GMC pick-up 
truck or $15,000, second prize is $1,500 
and third prize is $500. The proceeds go 
to the scholarship fund. The prize draw- 
ing will take place at Limey's Restaurant 
on Valentine's Day. For any further infor- 
mation please see Dave Smith, Jr. 

Pancake breakfast. The pancake 
breakfast will take place at Mt. Everett 
High School on a Sunday in January. It's 
put on with help from members of Stu- 
dents Against Drunk Driving and chaired 
by Pat Hardisty. — Gretta Willig 



HISTORICAL SOCIETY EVENTS 



Festival of Trees and holiday bazaar 

The 9 th annual festival will be held Nov. 
10-Dec. 23, Saturdays and Sundays from 
10-2pm at the Stone Store. The day after 
Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, will have extend- 
ed hours, from llam-5pm. The Histori- 
cal Society's holiday bazaar will feature 
an array of handmade goods including 
miniature trees, wreaths, ornaments, jew- 
elry, holiday treats, gifts, raffles and more. 
There will also be an upstairs holiday tag 
sale and Stone Store markdowns. 

Ruth Bass to speak at November 
meeting. The Historical Society, in con- 
junction with the Bushnell-Sage Library, 
will present a book signing and talk by 
Berkshire Eagle columnist Ruth Bass. 
The event will take place at the Bush- 
nell-Sage Library in Sheffield at 2pm. 
on Sat., Nov. 10. A longtime resident of 
the Berkshires, Ruth Bass has won many 
awards for writing and editing and was 
recently inducted into the New England 



Press Association's Hall of Fame. Sarah's 
Daughter, which she will read and discuss, 
is her first novel. The novel is set in the 
post-Civil War era in New England. 

Dan Raymond House holiday social. 

Join friends new and old at the festive 
Keeping Room fireside for some holiday 
cheer. The Historical Society will host 
the social on Sun., Dec. 2, 4:30-6pm. 
Music, merriment, and more! 

The Dan Raymond House is open by appoint- 
ment November to April. The Stone Store is 
open on weekends (Saturday, 10am-2pm; 
Sunday, llam-3pm), or by appointment. The 
Mark Dewey Research Center is open Monday 
and Friday, l:30pm-4 pm. To make an ap- 
pointment, call 229-3682. The Society office is 
open Tuesday-Thursday, llamApm. For more 
information, contact the Sheffield Historical 
Society, 159-161 Main Street, PO Box 747, 
Sheffield, MA 0125, 229-2694, or email shs(a> 
sheffieldhistory.org. Visit us on the web at www. 
sheffieldhistory.org 



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FIRE LOG — Rick Boardman, Chief 



August 

8 CO alarm. Alarm time 9:51pm. In service 10:44pm. 

16 Alarm at PJ's Convenence Store. Alarm time 4:26am. In service 4:39am. 

18 Wires down. Alarm time 4: 1 Sam. In service 5: 1 5am. 

25 Alarm at Berkshire School. Alarm time 6:10am. In service 6:27am. 

25 Alarm at John Stooky residence. Alarm time 9:45pm. In service 

10:35pm. 
3 1 Car accident on West Rd. Alarm time 3:28am. In service 4:27am. 
31 Alarm at 1532 Salisbury Rd. Alarm time 4:3 lam. In service 4:49am. 

September 

I Rescue of hiker at Sage's Ravine. Alarm time 6:47pm. In service 

9:32pm. 
6 Alarm at 795 Ranapo Rd. Alarm time IO:35am. In service 10:48am. 
6 False alarm at Roger Stevens residence. Alarm time 1:52am. In service 

1 :40am. 

Car accident Alarm time 9:08am. In service 9:51am. 
8 Stand by for Canaan Fire Dept. Alarm time 1 :16pm. In service 4:45pm. 



8 Tree fall on wires. Alarm time 6:26pm. In service 7:06pm. 

14 Car accident Alarm time 9:04pm. In service 10:18pm. 

1 7 False alarm at Mt. Everett High School. Alarm time 1 :08pm. In service 

1:29pm. 
23 Rescue of hiker at Sage's Ravine. Alarm time 7:38am. In service 

10:28am. 
23 Mutual aid for Great Barrington Fire Dept. with rescue. Alarm time 

1 : 1 2pm. In service 2:50pm. 
28 False alarm at Mt. Everett High School. Alarm time 4:03am. In service 

4:39am. 

October 

1 3 Mutual aid for Great Barrington Fire Dept. Alarm time 4:20pm. In 

service 6:25pm. 
1 3 Structure fire at 1 74 Valley View Rd. Alarm time 8:48pm. In service 

3:30am. 

1 5 CO alarm. Alarm time 4:44pm. In service 4:50pm. 



REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS 



August 

I Joyce A Bassett to Joyce A. Bassett & Heaven Lee Davis, property at 

243 Alum Hill Rd.. under $100. 
8 Barry Emberlin to Natural Habitat, LLC, property at 725 N. Main St., 

$410,000. 
10 Lawrence A. & Susan R.Agoglia to Laura Blank, property at 417 Rote 

Hill Rd., $1,1 30,000. 
1 7 Glenn D. & Sheryl J. Barnum to Jeffrey S. & Angel S. Rote, property at 

1 58 BunceRd., $262,500. 
1 7 Francis A. & Bonnie C. English to Jeffrey S. & Angel S. Rote, property at 

45 Nancy Ln.. $237,500. 
21 Brian Carter Jones to Edward B.Jones and Peter M.Jones, property at 

927 Brush Hill Rd., $256,250. 
28 Timothy P. Hewins to Michael Wayne Ary & Donna M. LeFevre, 

property at 401 Hulett Hill Rd., $290,000. 



3 I Lester G.Jr. & Renee L Matthews to Stephen R. Hyer, property at 25 
Shunpike Rd., $230,000. 

September 

1 Galen M. & Joann Gobillot to Mark Consolini, property at 1 23 Water 

Farm Rd.,$ 1 85,000. 
1 4 Wayne H. Robbins to Michael J. Neal, property at 2 1 9 Bears Den Rd., 

$325,000. 
14 Ann M. Rogers to Walter & Mary Chatham, property at 99 Park Ln., 

$175,000. 
14 Charles & Terry Davis to Michael J. Eichstedt & Brenda L Davis, 

property at 1 39 1 Home Rd., $260,000, 
1 7 Eileen S. Kobrin to Simon J. Baigelmen & Bambi J. Fisher, property at 

522 Rote Hill Rd., $5 1 2,500. 



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November 

3 Local Authors' Day, Bushnell-Sage Library (p. 1 5) 
3 Concert at Dewey Hall, 7:30pm (p. 2) 
3 Saturday Market, Dewey Hall, 9:30am- 1 pm (p. 7) 
9 Shakespeare at Mt. Everett, 7pm; also on Nov. 1 (p.9) 
1 Saturday Market, Dewey Hall, 9:30am- 1 pm (p. 7) 

10 Book talk by Ruth Bass, Bushnell-Sage Library, 2pm 
(p. 15) 

1 1 VETERANS' DAY 

1 7 Saturday Market, Dewey Hall, 9:30am- 1 pm (p. 7) 
22 THANKSGIVING 

December 

I Saturday Market, Dewey Hall, 9:30am- 1 pm (p. 7) 

1 Concert at Dewey Hall, 7:30pm (p. 2) 

2 SHS holiday social, 4:30-6pm (p. 25) 

8 Saturday Market, Dewey Hall, 9:30am- 1 pm (p. 7) 

8 Christ Church bake sale, I0am-2pm (p. 10) 

8 Ashley Falls tree lighting, 4pm (p. 3) 

9 Sheffield tree lighting, 6:30pm (p. 3) 

1 5 Saturday Market, Dewey Hall, 9:30am- 1 pm (p. 7) 

1 5 Sheffield Times deadline 

25 CHRISTMAS 

31 NEWYEAR'S EVE 

See also the listings for Bartholomew's Cobble on p. 25 



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by number- i.e. "1 s ' , "3 rd " indicates meetings the first and third times 
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Mondays: 

Food Assistance Program, Old Parish Church, 9-1 0:30am 

Board of Selectmen, Town Hall, 7pm, 1 st , 3 rd 

Board of Health, Town Hall, 7pm, 2 nd 

Meals on Wheels, Mon-Fri, except holidays 

Foot care clinic, Dewey Hall/Senior Ctr., 1 st 
Tuesdays: 

Senior Center physical fitness, 9am 

Children's Story Hour, Library, 10am 

Building Inspector, Town Hall, Tues. 7am-1pm 

Senior Center "Lawn Chair Movie," 11:30am 

Ashley Falls Historic District Commission, Town Hall, 6:30pm, 2 nd 

National Alliance for the Mentally III Support Group, Fairview 
Hospital Library, 6:30pm, 4 th 

Industrial Development Commission, Town Hall, 7:30pm, last 

Kiwanis Club, Limey's Restaurant, 6:30pm 
Wednesdays: 

Senior Center Knitting Group, 1pm 
Thursdays: 

Senior Center physical fitness, 9am 

Parent-Child Playgroup, Greenwoods Community Church, 9:30-11 :30am 

Planning Board, Town Hall, 7pm, 2 nd , 4 th (Wed., Nov. 28, instead of 
Thanksgiving) 

Building Inspector, Town Hall, Thurs. 3pm-7 pm 

* Blood Pressure Clinic, Dewey Hall/Senior Center, 9am-12pm, 2 nd 

* Hearing Testing available, Senior Center, 3 rd 
Conservation Commission, Town Hall, 7pm, 2 nd , 4 th 

Saturdays: 

Contra Dancing, Sheffield Grange, Rte 7, 8:30pm, 4 th 
Sundays: 

Men's Group, Old Parish, 7:45am, 2 nd 



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The annual Sheffield Fair drew crowds 
despite the rain. Clockwise from left: Root 
beer floats in front of Silk's Variety. Don 
Ward at the Sheffield Association table. 
Old Parish Church raffles a quilt. The 
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